So, today, is the last day of school.  It’s a day filled with mixed emotions, for students and teachers alike.  I know this year, I could keep on teaching this group for weeks to come – they are wonderful.  I will certainly have a hard time letting them go to off to fourth grade.  Sigh.

So, this morning, we will have about 40 minutes to spend with next year’s students!  I received my list yesterday, and started looking at the pictures in the yearbook, so I can start to match names with faces. Those cute little faces will come into my room and I’ll have an opportunity to get to know them.

I decided this year to run an abbreviated morning routine with them.  We will start off by watching a Schoolhouse Rock! video – the same one we will start the year off with in the fall – Three is a Magic Number, of course!!

Then, it wouldn’t be a morning in 204 without analyzing an image to improve our reading skills and strategies.  I’ve chosen an image I shot on vacation, and students will have an opportunity to sample several skills using the answer sheet below.

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Finally, students will get to fill out the questionnaire all about themselves – I think they’ll get a kick out of reading it again come this time next year!

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The time will be filled so quickly, I’ll barely have time to snap a photo of my new crew!

For one day a year, I am fortunate enough to have 39 students – that’s a lot of smiles and hugs!  Wish me luck – I’m apt to be a weepy mess come noontime today.

  • Casey:

    OMG! The nest from the eagle cam is gone!! I am so suprised! I am SOOOOOOOO glad that school is out! What have u been doing these days? Have u been on any vacations? I haven’t! I am going to New Hampshire next week! But thats nothing really big like Mexico or Florida or some place thats far away! How is your summer going?

    Casey P. B.

  • Suzy Brooks:

    Hi there Casey P.B.! *no* last names, cutie!!

    I just finished teaching a bunch of wonderful teachers in Shrewsbury all about using technology in the classroom, and today I am home sick :( . Hopefully it’s just a cold and I’ll feel better and be back on the beach.

    New Hampshire sounds fun! It’s just as wonderful, because it’s trip away you spend with your family – enjoy yourself! Hopefully we’ll be going white-water-rafting again this year up in Maine.

    I’m off to take a nappy – keep me posted on your summer – you almost FIFTH GRADER!!!! Crazy!

    Mrs. Brooks

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